Spike Lee Equates Donald Trump to ‘Son of Sam’ Serial Killer David Berkowitz

The Associated Press

Director Spike Lee compared GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to convicted New York serial killer David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Before he interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders for a THR cover story, Lee was asked to compare the 2016 presidential candidates to characters in his films.

When asked, “which Spike Lee character is most like Trump?” Lee responded: “I mean, I did a film called Summer of Sam. It was about the infamous summer of 1977, New York City. And there was a certain person who had the whole city in terror.”

Lee was referring to his 1999 film Summer of Sam, which portrayed the events surrounded the hunt for and capture of Berkowitz, who killed six people and wounded seven others.

During a follow-up question, Lee was asked if he had any personal experience with Trump.

“I met Trump several times at Knicks games, and he would be going to his seat behind the basket. We would shake hands. We said hello to each other,” he said.

Lee added: “It was cordial. But that was way before this thing that’s happening now.”

After Lee likened Trump to a serial killer, he compared Sanders to Ossie Davis, the mayor in Do the Right Thing, and compared Hilary Clinton to “the Ruby Dee role in Jungle Fever.”

A staunch Sanders supporter, Lee is currently producing ads on behalf of the Vermont democratic socialist. He also explained to THR he is currently filming one to help Sanders win over black voters in New York.


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